Jam Splits

This recipe is for a small quantity of Jam splits. These buns are so simple and easy to make as well as nicer in taste as well as the texture. These can be kept in fridge for several days and can freeze several months too. When you use jam for this make sure to use a good quality jam.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruuk3nFlK9c&w=560&h=315]

 

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Cookie Dough Fudge (No Bake/ No Eggs)

Cookie dough fudge is a simple and easy no bake and egg free recipe. So easy to make. Not only that you can always freeze them for future use.

When you have time try making the cookie dough balls and leave in fridge. Next you can make the chocolate layer in few minutes. This can be done with white chocolate and make cookie dough balls with dark or milk chocolate too.

This a simple and easy idea for school events , brunch, or even kids birthday parties.

Enjoy making them and share with some friends to have a coffee.

Ingredients

For the cookie Dough

  • 60g Butter
  • 65g Sugar
  • 30ml Milk
  • Vanilla
  • 100g Plain flour
  • 75g Chocolate chips

For the fudge

  • 300g Chocolate melts
  • 50ml Condensed milk
  • 40g Butter
  • Extra chocolate chips
  • Vanilla

Method

  1. Add sugar, butter  in to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Into that add vanilla and flour and mix well.
  3. Lastly add the chocolate chips and mix until it combines.
  4. After make balls and leave in fridge.
  5. Add condensed milk, chocolate, and add butter and melt in a pot on the stove.
  6. After pour it over the cookie dough balls and decorate with the left over chocolate.
  7. Put in fridge over night or until sets.
  8. Cut as you wish.
  9. Leave in fridge or freeze them to take out when you want.

Japanese Cotton Cheese Cake/ Soufflé Cake

Japanese cotton cheese cake is very soft and light  like cotton. Its so spongy and something to look for. It has a kind of tangy flavour with a texture of a soufflé.

These cakes are very expensive to buy  due to the labour charges . But if you do it by your self it will be the best cheese cake ever for a cheaper price too.. This cheese cake is completely different form the western cheese cakes.

When you work with egg whites make sure to beat until it holds the shape or the soft peak only. If you beat longer it goes stiff and make harder to mix and the whole cake will go wrong. Adding cream of tartar in to egg whites helps to stabilise the egg whites. If you have no cream of tartar don’t worry or replace it with a drop of vinegar. Vinegar gives the same effect as the cream of tartar.

The other steps are so easy and simple. You can use potato flour instead of corn flour too.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rKFipjrDXQ&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 150g Caster sugar
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 6 Egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • Pinch Cream of tartar  (optional)
  • 100ml Milk
  • 20g Corn Flour
  • 60g Plain Flour
  • 50g Butter
  • 250g Cream cheese

Method

 

  • Prepare a baking tray (23cm x12cm)
  • Put water in to a pot.
  • Put a Pyrex or even a stainless steel bowl on it.
  1. Add cream cheese and butter with the milk and leave to simmer. Make sure to whisk. Take out and leave aside.

  2. Whisk the egg whites adding sugar and cream of tartar bit by bit until it comes to a soft peak. If you don’t have any cream of tartar omit that.
  3. In to the melted cream cheese mix add the egg yolks and mix well. Then  sift the flours in to it.
  4. Mix folding the flours and lemon juice with the cream cheese mix.
  5. After add the mixed cheese mix in several batches to the egg whites and fold well as described in the video.
  6. Pour the mixture in to well prepared baking pan and bake on 200c about 10 minutes and reduce the temperature to 135c and bake until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool in tray 5 minutes and cool on a wire rack after taking out.

Baked doughnuts from Scratch

Doughnuts are always kids special. As mums we worry a lot giving fried food to the kids .Try this baked doughnut recipe and you will be amazed to see the results. They are better than the shop bought ones in shape, look and also the taste. You can do a larger batch and leave in freezer for future use. If you can cut them in to smaller circles that will be the best.

Adding sugar is the next thing. If you like it more or less you can always adjust it according to the taste.

When you want to check your yeast this method is the best. I am a continuous user of my yeast. If you are not baking bread always needs to check the yeast this way. When you add water to the dough make sure to add less as the egg and the water in yeast is there too.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr5PL_joWrQ&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 350g Bread flour
  • 9g Instant dry yeast
  • 1tblsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsps. Warm water
  • 1 Egg
  • 100g Sugar
  • 5g Salt
  • 100ml Milk
  • 30g Softened Butter

Method

  1. Add the sugar warm water and yeast in to a mixing bowl and leave five minutes to activate.(Read the description.)
  2. Add the bread flour, salt sugar yeast, and mix well.
  3. While mixing add egg and milk. When you add milk make sure to add little by little.
  4. Knead well and leave in a warm place to double in size.
  5. Take the dough when ready and punch down and knead on a benchtop.
  6. After roll the dough and cut the doughnuts.
  7. Leave on a baking tray to double in size.
  8. When it is doubled brush with milk and bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Melt the chocolates according to the packet instructions . Dip the doughnuts in  chocolate, leave on a wire rack  to set.
  11. Can freeze for several months too.

Vegetable Stack from Scratch

 

Recently I went out with some of my colleagues  from my former workplace.  We went to a very famous corner café in Melbourne. I got the chance to look at all the beautiful sweets and savouries. For a chef like me its always copy at  least one from each. I copycat a sweet which I will soon upload. This is the one my two beautiful friends ordered. The beautiful vegetable stack To tell the truth my imagination turned out 100 times better than the one I saw. One small size of a stack like 2x4x3 slice was $8.50.  The tray I made cost less than 15 dollars but worth like 100 dollars. Any way its all about labour cost.

When you do this slice , make sure to slice the vegetables thinly so you can have several colourful layers. First deep fry the egg plants and pat dry them well to take excess oil. You can do this step several days before and leave to absorb oil wrapped up in paper towels.

When you blanch the veggies make sure to do greens, pumpkins and carrots first. They don’t release colour to the boiling water. Next you can do the potatoes. If you wash  the potatoes well the water will not go thick with the starch. That depends on the variety of the potatoes too. Add the beetroot lastly as it releases the colour. Make sure to pat dry al of the on paper towels to reduce  releasing extra water in the slice.

If you are a vegetarian or a vegan omit the eggs and add like quarter cup of flour to almond milk or rice milk. As an option you can add fried tofu thinly sliced as a source of protein.

When you cool the slice completely it sets well and comes out nicely. This can be kept in fridge up to 4 days with out a problem.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDn-SVEl2_M&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2-3 Table spoon plain flour
  • 1 Cup Cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Large Egg plants
  • 2-3 Large carrots
  • 500g Pumpkin thinly sliced
  • 500g  potatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 large salad onions sliced
  • A bunch of greens
  • 1 Beet root thinly sliced

Method

 

  • Wash vegetables.
  • Slice  them thinly as you can.
  • Bring two litres of water to boil. Add a table spoon full salt in it.
  • Blanch all the vegetables. (Read the description above to get the tips)
  • Deep fry the egg plants
  • Make the egg mix by adding the eggs, flour, milk together with some salt, & pepper.
  • Spray a 12×8 inch baking tray.
  • Preheat the oven to 200c.
  • Start layering the vegetables. Make sure to add the cheese between with the egg mix.
  • Top with the remaining egg mix and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake on 200c about 20-30 minutes or until the eggs set.
  • Cool completely before cutting.

 

Meringue Cookies /Kisses

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vtIvXmQlK8&w=560&h=315]

 

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 125 g sugar
Method
  1. Add the egg whites in to a clean mixing bowl with cream of tartar.
  2. Next rain the sugar while whisking.
  3. Add the colour you like.
  4. Fill in to a piping bag and pipe on to a tray.
  5. Leave on the bench several main.
  6. Bake on 130 for 30 to 50 min

Simple & Easy Chocolate Pizza

Kids parties, school markets, or for a brunch…. try this beautiful pizza as a change. This comes so nice and beautiful. You can decorate this with anything chocolaty. When doing this try to mach colours. Different colours of M&Ms will do the job too.

The secret is the base. It has to be as thin as you can roll. So it gives this nice chocolate base in few minutes. If you have time try little individual pizzas for a change.

School holidays are another good time to practice cooking. They will not say no to this. Ask them to fill with what ever they like.Enjoy baking!

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26Baka71Tnk&w=560&h=315]

 

Chocolate Pizza (Simple Baking)
 
Ingredients :
  • I cup bread flour
  • 75ml warm water
  • Pinch of salt 4 grams of yeast
  • 1tbsp of cocoa powder
  • Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup white choc chips
  • 1/2 milk choc chip
  • 1/4 of dark choc chips 
  • 1/2 flaked almond 
  • Nutella
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. 
  • Into a standard mixing bowl add the bread flour, cocoa powder, olive oil, yeast and salt.
  • Mix this for about 2-3 minutes, slowly add the water to make a smooth dough. You can always add more water if needed. 
  • Flour the bench and and kneed the dough until it’s not sticky anymore, then roll the dough into the desired pizza base. shape keep about 1-2cm thickness.
  • Fork the base to release the pressure and air when cooking.
  • Brush the top of the base with melted butter.
  • Bake this in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Using the nutella as a sauce or paste spread it over the base while it’s still hot, then add the desired toppings, such as the white chocolate chips and the dark chocolate chips. You could also you marshmallows. Place this in the oven for about five minutes until the chocolate chips are melted but still in shape.
  • Then let it cool down, best served with whipped cream.

French Sesame Bread Rolls

French breads always nice and crusty. Making French Bread is really simple and easy. All you need is patience.  Adding sesame, specially the black sesame gives this bread a very good look as well as a nice flavour.

I have tried this bread more than 20 times as  bread rolls and as bread too. You can make one whole loaf instead of making rolls. instead of sesame try adding poppy seeds, caraway seeds or even dried mixed herbs to give addition al flavour as well as fusion baking. Once I made this with sliced olives which completely gave a different flavour.

If you like crusty bread try this recipe and you will be amazed to see the results. Spraying olive oil on top of the bun with out egg washing makes these buns very glossy rich look.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crkWoJ6LgEo&w=560&h=315

French Sesame Bread Rolls
Ingredients

  • 300g Bread flour
  • 100g Whole wheat flour
  • 260ml Warm water
  • Olive oil for brushing or spraying on the top of the bun
  • 4g Salt
  • 6g Instant Dry Yeast
  • 50g Black sesame seeds
  • 20g Caster Sugar
Method
  1. Add both flours, Salt,yeast and sugar in to a mixing bowl.
  2. Start mixing it until it makes a smooth dough and knead about 10min.
  3. Next add sesame seeds. (When I was doing the video the camera battery went flat)
  4. Mix few more min
  5. Leave the prepared dough in a warm place to double in  size.
  6. When the dough is ready add flour to the bench and put the dough and punch down.
  7. Cut the dough in to equal size pieces and roll as directed in the video.
  8. Leave to double in size.
  9. When ready cut the top and spray olive oil and bake on 200c about 20 min or until golden brown on top.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. Can freeze or leave in fridge.

Home Made Soft Milk Buns (Simple Baking)

Making bread is an art. Once you know how to make bread you can create anything. I do bake bread for my family at least once a week. I like making soft and crusty bread. I find making soft bread makes you happy with beautiful textures and also it shows you the road to many other recipes that you can create with the same dough.

When making bread if you can use bread flour it gives a nice texture to the bread because of the gluten level it holds. If you can find gluten separately you can add that to the plain or all purpose flour to make the same bread with the same texture.

The secret of the soft bread depends on how long you knead the bread continuously. It helps activate the gluten content in bread. When you make make sure to check your yeast by add ing a bit of yeast and sugar together to 1/4 cup of warm water. If you leave it out in room temperature it forms up. if not the yeast is dead or expired. If you are not a daily baker always check for the expiry date of the yeast. The other thing is never add salt and sugar close to each other. So always use them in two corners of the mixing bowl before mixing.

If you have any questions about baking please feel free to leave a comment. Happy baking!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCMu-r7tLXA&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  •  290g Bread flour
  • 5g Salt
  • 25g Sugar
  • 5g Instant Dry yeast
  • 30g Butter
  • 25g Eggs and leave the rest for brushing the tops
  • 150ml Milk
Method
  • Add flour , yeast, sugar, egg,& salt in to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Next add milk and make a smooth dough and add butter. Knead for 25 min.
  • Leave the prepared dough in a greased bowl in a warm place until double in size.
  • When the dough is ready put on to the bench and punch down, then cut the dough in to equal size pieces.
  • Roll each piece in a ball pressing in wards (Watch video).
  • Leave to double in size.
  • When ready brush the tops with eggs and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and bake 15-20 min or until golden brown on top.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Can store in freezer for months.
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